Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Discussion on Ethnicity in SFR at TGE


I'm over at The Galaxy Express and we're having a great discussion on ethnicity and diversity in the future, which sparked some discussion on how SFR writers can best portray ethnicity and diversity in their writing.

Stop by if you have a chance.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Curiosity is on its way to Mars

Let's not forget we are still reaching toward Mars. Curiosity, NASA's scientifically equipped rover lifted off on November 26 on its way to the Red Planet. I still hold my breath in awe each time a launch is underway. We'll have to wait until August to see how it goes when Curiosity lands at its destination.

This particular rover is a spacial one. Its goal is to find and determine how feasible it will be for humans to actually spend time on Mars.

I Have a a couple of posts up on my blog relating to this mission. I'd love to hear what you think. Stop by anytime.

Link: Kaye Manro's Blog

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Anne McCaffrey, You Will Be Missed

I am deeply saddened by the announcement received today of the passing of the great SF/Fantasy author, Anne McCaffrey. Her Dragonriders of Pern series, The Ship Who Sang, and many other stories were an inspiration to generations of writers.

Anne McCaffrey was an accomplished author and the first woman to win a Hugo Award and Nebula Award. She was 85 years old.

You can read Anne McCaffrey's tributes and biographies at a number of sites:

Sunday, November 20, 2011

One Mystery, One Woman and the One Man Who Has The Answers. 'Kybernatia' by Clare Dargin


Kybernatia was supposed to be humanity’s newest paradise but that dream is all but gone.  Ruined in an horrible terra forming accident, the planet was deemed no longer fit for humanity.  Gabrielle Burle, project manager for the development of the planet, was forced out of her job as a veil of secrecy suddenly shrouded the planet.

Determined to find out why or how it could happen, Gabrielle goes on a journey of discovery that leads her to one man who she knows has all the answers.


Kybernatia, an aquamarine-blue planet with islands and continents of sandy gold and dark brown, filled the view screen. Happy people with large white perfect smiles romped through scenes of beautiful sandy beaches while sapphire blue water washed upon their tan bodies. Lush forests and cozy mountain getaways flashed, wrapping up the almost Edenic view of this once beautiful planet.

The commercial ended slowly for Gabrielle. It brought back all the memories she had for the little planet that had been devoid of all forms of life. A sober-faced reporter appeared upon the screen pulling her from her memories and bringing her back to the present as he grimly stated the realities of the horrific planetary accident.

“You're not exactly fired, but we think it‟s best that you move on,” Dr. Linwood said, interrupting the news anchor's controlled-yet-cool delivery of the news. Dr. Linwood appeared sympathetic to her plight, but she knew he was just covering his back. It was, after all, Washington, D.C., and if you didn't cover your backside, someone else would do it for you.

Still, she tried to hide her surprise. Couldn‟t he had at least have waited until all the people had been removed from the planet before kicking me to the curb? All of a sudden, their playful banter and office talk seemed like it was just that: talk. They hadn‟t been friends as she had hoped.

Unable to speak, Gabrielle Burle continued to stare at the disturbing and tragic images on the view screen inside her office. Emergency craft of all shapes and sizes sped to the planet as smoke and plumes of ash erupted from its surface. They could see the hospital ships close in as the wounded and seriously injured were brought aboard for care.

Gabrielle gazed helplessly at the scene. The once-promising new home for humanity went up in smoke, right before her eyes, along with any hopes of ever working in Washington again.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nano Workshop Special Price!

Nano Workshop Special Price!

Special pricing 2 days only for this Saturday's Nan0-ing Your Novel to Publication in Amsterdam!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

An Exploration of Character-Driven SF at SF Signal

This week's Mind Meld at SF Signal is one that science fiction romance fans can strongly relate to: You Gotta Have Character: Character-Driven Science Fiction Stories With Plenty of Sense of Wonder.

Participants include Lyda Morehouse, Helen Lowe, Lynne Thomas, Judith Tarr, Daniel Abraham, and yours truly.

Happy reading!

Stephen King alters Dallas history

Stephen King alters Dallas history

Wow, what an opportunity to see Stephen King Live in Dallas!!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Ziggy Stardust Guide....

I really like Copyblogger as a learning resource for my writing business and was really struck with this morning's blog. Thought I'd share it with the peeps.

The Ziggy Stardust Guide to Glamorous Space Age Super Stardom.

Not only interesting, but good advice.

Monday, November 7, 2011

New Members

Please give a big hail and welcome to our newest members.  Click on the links to visit their sites.

Kerry Vail

Joanne Elder

Maureen O. Betita

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Total-E-Bound Seeks Erotic Steampunk/Steampunk Romance

I just ran across this post at All About Romance: Total-E-Bound is seeking erotic steampunk/steampunk romance submissions:

Total-E-Bound Publishing, a leading Erotic Romance Publisher, is now accepting submissions between 10,000 words and 100,000+ words in the steampunk genre:

Steamy stories set in a might-have-been world of clockwork technology. Join naughty neo-Victorians—from mad scientists to erotic automata—in their inventive adventures.

Happy writing!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Reviewers' Choice Awards Includes Nominee Joely Sue Burkhart For LADY DOCTOR WYRE

I'm cross-posting this cool news from The Galaxy Express:

This just in: RT Book Reviews recently posted the list of nominees from the Reviewers' Choice Best Book Awards. Among them, in the "Best Paranormal/Fantasy/Science Fiction Erotic Romance" category, is Joely Sue Burkhart for LADY DOCTOR WYRE (Samhain Publishing)!

Way to go, Ms. Burkhart!

You can read the author's announcement post here.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

List of Small Press/Epublishers Who Accept SFR Submissions

Hi, folks!

I recently updated my list of small press/epublishers who accept science fiction romance submissions. There are 19 so far. If you know of any reputable publishers that should be on the list, please visit and leave a comment.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Melisse Aires is celebrating the release of 


She's on my blog today talking about her plot process for this book!

Stop by and leave a comment. Here's a quick link: Kaye's Blog


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Release Day! The Starlander Frontier: Starlander's Myth

My steampunk spacewestern novella releases today from Whiskey Creek Press Torrid

Starlander's Myth is the first in a trilogy set in the Starlander Frontier universe, a world that is reminiscent of the Old West. It is a mixed genre novella, with elements of the paranormal, and is most definitely a romance between Jack Starlander, asteroid miner, and Mrs.Sophie Farrel, a widow with a small daughter, who happen to be gryphon shifters.

Heat level: Sensual Romance

You can read an excerpt *here*.

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